In the space between running an errand that took me to Manayunk and preparing for my class tomorrow at The Ink Pad, I found a 30 minute space for a cappucino and Philadelphia Stories. Resting my back because, naturally, this is a good week to have my back acting up.
The spaces between. Between putting together class kits, crocheting more white vessels to be dipped in dye. Between thinking, writing, researching, sketching, the odd bit of sewing and the sitting on ice pack. Negative space is a positive thing. The thought of happy students making art on Saturday pushes me on. And the man who is dropping everything to chauffeur me and my big bag to NYC because the train is out of the question right now. And I do love the train but am counting (again) my blessings.
Good weekend everyone. I'll see some of you tomorrow where real live hugs can be exchanged.
Let's do it LIVE!
21 Secrets 2014 Art Journaling will have a live version in 2014. That means once a week there will be a live streaming webcast with Connie and one of the participating artist/teachers from 21 Secrets. It's like a TV show on the web and you'll be able to ask questions and participate via the chat box.
Who: Connie Hozvicka and one of the 21 Secrets artists/teachers every week.
What: Connie and the teacher of the week will talk art journaling, give tips, answer questions. It is a mini-class like 21 Secrets but you'll be seeing us making art in real time and you are encouraged to journal along. You'll be able to follow along, ask questions and talk with your fellow students via the chat box.
You'll need: a computer with solid internet access and a free account at Spreecast.
Here are the sale prices. As you can see, the earlier you purchase, the better the deal!
August 12 - September 1 :: $95
September 2 - October 6 :: $105
October 7 - November 3 :: $115
November 4 - January 14 :: $125
I'll be giving away 2 free memberships so watch out for that. You can see more information over at Connie's siteTo purchase, go use the 21 Secrets LIVE button on my sidebar. Woot. I'm up for a new adventure. How about you?
I'm purty durned excited about teaching a stitch class. Outside of our library Stitch Alongs this will be my first big class and my first time at Little Bird in NYC. Two firsts! So you know I'm obsessively planning.
After years of stitching and painting (and taking other classes), I feel ready to teach techniques that I've spun into my own and take my the body of information out there.
This class will be filled with information using some traditional tools and materials of mixed media combined with stitch.
The techniques are simple as are the stitches. We'll talk about texture, color, mark making.
I've been learning from some of the best over the past couple of years: Jude Hill (online), Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn (via DVD). My library classes have readied me for folks who can't thread a needle or make a knot. I am ready! and super excited. I hope you'll join me.
Don't be overwhelmed with what you see here. The class is quite small.
November 23, Little Bird Studios, NYC. 10-5 pm
Register through MeetUp here (4 spots remain)
Once we pull ourselves up to the blank page, all thoughts of composition go right out the window.
I've been thinking alot about composition over the last year which led me to brush up on the old art school concepts and look with sharp eyes at the "bones" of 2D art. Inevitably, that led to a desire to share it with YOU. And so it goes.
I'll be teaching a brand new class at The Ink Pad in NYC, on September 28 called Beyond the Background. Through games and fun exercises we'll explore composition with new eyes. I'm excited about this class because it will definitely help with that white page syndrome and I get to share all sorts of great information with you folks.
Click on the sidebar image to find out more about the class.
I was stickybeaking around the 21 Secrets Ning site and it is amazing this year. Definitely the best yet.
Textile art so that you can wear your art
Good old-fashioned "make it messy" art
Lettering with stitch (oh my)
A playful approach to painting flowers
Card games to get your mojo goin' (moi)
and 14 more
Please note: the artwork pictured here is not necessarily from the workshop projects.
21 Secrets is 21 mini-workshops on art journaling (and related) from 21 artists. The class is hosted on Ning.com (free membership after your tuition). You can come and go in the workshops as you please, at 2 am or 2 pm (or anytime in between). You can visit all of the classes as often as you like for nine delicious months. This is the best deal in town: $59 for all this? You couldn't make a better investment.
Sign up on my sidebar. Yeah, now. Do it for you.
There have been several emails over the past few months asking for advice on teaching. Fresh from last Sunday's class at the Ink Pad, it seems a good time to begin to answer that question.
If you've taken a class with me, you may have noticed that I love to teach. I've "taught" 2 year olds all the way through to senior citizens and the common denominator is inspiration. To learn, students need to feel inspired, yes?
Thorough, and I mean OCD level thorough, preparation is really important. You can have the coolest ideas, techniques and all the inspiration in the world but if you haven't planned the pace and the explanations, your students will glaze over. You've lost them.
Listen to your Students
Your students are your divining rod. Let them lead you, not the other way around. That sounds convuluted after advising you to prepare thoroughly for your class but teaching art is an organic, creative process for me. I make sure that the points planned have been covered but there is always flexibility in my curriculum and that is where listening to your students comes into play.
If you are thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable about your subject, you can allow the creativity and skill level of your class to guide you. Sometimes reigning back on techniques and pushing forward in experimentaion. This varies from student to student so you'll need your track shoes.
Teaching art is exhilarating. The world really needs fabulous teachers so let's support that. I'm adding a new category on this topic so it will come up from time to time. Questions and tips are welcome and will add to the pool of resources here.
I'll go into more detail about each of these three topics over time. PS: I took these photos at the tacket stitch class on Sunday. They are all student work.
Tacket stitch is ancient, simple and wide open for interpretation. I think of it as the original staple. I'll be teaching this full day course at The Ink Pad in NYC on February 24, 10am to 5:30 pm.
Start the day off by making the decorative decorative paper for covers and interior using stencils, stamps, watercolor. Most of the papers in these samples are made with the techniques we learn in this class. The afternoon will be devoted to putting this little gem together. A great container for favorite quotes, pictures, writing or journaling.
Registration for 21 Secrets opens today! Class opens on April 1 (no fooling).
My Secret this year is to provide you with 2 art journaling games: Prompt Me and List 5. These are games that I play in my classes and on my own that provide loads of journal starters.
The card games are presented in pdf form and packaged in small candy tins. Inspiration in a box!
Ning hosts 21 Secrets again so that loads of interaction there and on the facebook group will make this class a community.
The price remains the same: $59 forall 21 mini-workshops. Click here (or the image to the left) for registration, teachers and workshop description Dirty Footprints Studio.
Here's an idea of what you can expect your game packaging to look like (your's will be rectangular.) I've used loads of washi tape to decorate and fabric scraps or paper can be used as well as handmade "washi" tape.
The teachers for 21 Secrets are being announced today! You can go on over to Connie's blog, here, to get the full rundown. There are some exciting changes in store this year! I'm so thrilled to be a part of Connie's vision. Registration opens January 1, class opens April 1.
One of the reasons that I'm honored to be a part of this program is that it is affordable, accessible instruction and inspiration. These are the same words in my business plan. The underlying structure of my business. Great passion for sharing and teaching lies under every business decision I make.
I really, firmly believe (now) that if you are passionate about something, you should take that path. The difficult part is scraping together your confidence and overcoming your fears.
Yes, that IS the tricky bit. Yesterday morning, I had a bit of a confidence crisis. I have 2-3 pieces of artwork due at the end of the month. There are guidelines on format, size and shape. I had a moment of "I really CAN'T work like this." (Critic disguised as Diva). Well, yes I can. Yes. I am.
Check out Connie's blogpost here announcing the Teachers of 21 Secrets. xo Diana